New Research Reveals More than One-Third of Pet Owners Don’t Have an Emergency Plan

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This survey of U.S. adults investigates how well prepared people with companion animals are for natural and man-made disasters. The survey finds that most are under-prepared; more than a third of cat and dog owners (35%) currently do not have a disaster preparedness plan in place.

Companion animal owners in the Southern U.S. states are more prepared than those in the North. 45% of dog owners and 42% of cat owners in the North responded they did not know what they would do with their pets if evacuated, while less than a third of dog (28%) and cat (30%) owners in the South did not know what they would do.
Among those that have a disaster preparedness plan in place, a majority —- 85% of dog owners and 81% of cat owners —- intend to bring their pets with them. However, though micro-chipping is proven as an effective way to find a pet if lost, only 28% of dog owners and 24% of cat owners have their pets micro-chipped.

Spot Check Number: 1836
Sponsor: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Researcher/Author: Lake Research Partners
Animal Type: Dogs, Cats, Companion Animals
Research Method: Unknown or Not Applicable
Geographic Region: United States National
Population Descriptors: Pet owners
Year Conducted: 2011
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